The world celebrates International Women’s Day today at a time when South Africa has to take a deep and hard look at how we treat our women in this country.
Being ranked as the rape capital of the world should horrify all South Africans, especially the men.
The murder of Reeva Steenkamp and the brutal rape and murder of Anene Booysen seems to have shocked South Africa into realising that we need to make a stand against the abuse of our women.
Men are supposed to protect and nurture their women and their children. That is a non negotiable, basic foundation of any society irrespective of creed or religion.
In some parts of the world, International Women’s Day is simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
Are we doing enough in South Africa in solving the struggles and abuse of our women?
The politicians and the church leaders, as well as community organisations and big business have to stand up in strong support for the protection of our kids and our women, otherwise the abuse will continue.
Until the time when men themselves realise that we all have daughters, mothers, grandmothers and sisters and that the time to remain silent has gone.
Until the time when woman are not being treated as sexual playthings and second grade citizens, until the time when there no longer such a person known as a street child, it has to be a war in South Africa.
The time has come where women and children are guaranteed the rights to freedom and safety.
Every man owes it to himself to stand up and become the protector and not the abuser.
“In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing.”